Global Challenge

The Global Challenge programme offers students the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a global company.

Open to undergraduate students of all years, including finalists, these are exclusive internship opportunities only for University of Birmingham students.

Global Challenge is now closed and will re-open in December 2019/January 2020 for summer internships in 2020.

Register your interest in Global Challenge in the programme and we can contact you with updates once the programme opens.

What the Global Challenge programme offers

The Global Challenge programme will give ambitious students the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a top global company. We are offering:

  • Opportunities during summer vacation, sourced by the University exclusively for University of Birmingham students
  • Bursaries of up to a maximum of £3,000 to support in covering some or all of the costs associated with the experience (such as flights, accommodation and living expenses) 
  • Pre-departure training and information from the University's International Office to prepare you for overseas work experience

The aim of the programme is to allow students the opportunity to:

  • gain real life industry level work experience
  • develop their cultural awareness by experiencing business operations in a diferent part of the world
  • develop key skills to support in increasing their employability levels
  • raise awareness of the range of global work opportunities available

Previous Global Challenge internships from summer 2019 

Find below the internship opportunities which were available in summer 2019.

Case studies of previous Global Challenge candidates

Find out what previous interns thought about their experiences in the following Global Challenge case studies:

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Application guidance and templates

If you are considering applying for a Global Challenge opportunity, you are encouraged to consult the guidance below - please note that closing dates for opportunities can differ, so refer to the relevant job description for the closing date of the internship you are interested in.

Advance preparations

Would you like to find out more about working abroad? Target Jobs provides a huge amount of information about working abroad in a vast range of countries.

Visas for internships

You may need a visa in order to undertake any of the internships and you will need to research this. If you are asked to attend an interview you will be asked about whether you require a visa so we recommend you research this now. You may find the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website useful. If you are a non-UK applicant, you should refer to your own foreign office website for information on visa requirements.

What do the employers think?

"Celia fitted in seamlessly from the moment she arrived! She was extremely dependable in terms of delivering work, making deadlines as well as attendance. She was extremely motivated, positive and enthusiastic throughout her internship, and was obviously enjoying her stay with us and keen to extract as much as possible out of the experience. Celia was an absolute pleasure to have here at the Museum!" Dr Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator Migration & Cultural Diversity, Melbourne

"Everything was fantastic here with Simeon and Harriet!! They were very pro-active, curious and friendly. We were pleased to have them here." Diego Bernasconi, POC Manager Procurement – Buenos Aires

What do the students think?

"I felt very proud as I could see in some areas I had brought a completely new perspective on some issues which will help them in the future. This internship has showed me that there are many positions available for graduates in different countries and that employers are happy to consider hiring someone from abroad because of the fresh new perspective that they could bring as well as different skills too." - Ayesha Harris, European Politics, Society and Economics with an International study year, Microfinance Intern with Opportunity International.

"I am very sad to leave Chicago, it has been such an amazing experience and I have learnt so much that I can now take forward and apply to future job roles. I have undoubtedly added to both my professional and personal development and I feel well equipped to navigate the often difficult world of the graduate job search." - Sophia Wootton, International Relations and Spanish, intern with the British Consulate in Chicago.

If you have any questions about the programme please dont hesitate to contact Harjinder Kundra at


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